The Madison Historical Society Antiques Fair, one of the Society's largest annual fundraisers, was established in 1971 with the goal of being the best antiques show in an outdoor venue in New England. The fair is managed by MHS Executive Director Jennifer Simpson with the support of MHS Trustee Lyle Cubberly and Society volunteers. Along with an array of exciting new exhibitors, our finest long-time exhibitors always ensure an impressive fair. We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2021.
With many outstanding antiques exhibitors from the Northeast, New York State, the mid-Atlantic states, and Florida, this unique fair typically offers eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American and European furniture; cottage and country furniture in paint and original finish; vintage garden and patio furniture and accessories; wicker; Victorian and vintage cast iron and wrought iron furniture; mid-twentieth-century Modern furniture; antique carpets and rugs. Fashion enthusiasts will find vintage designer costume jewelry and handbags; and vintage clothing, shoes, and hats.
Patrons may also find silver, sterling flatware, and hollowware; porcelains; clocks; country collectibles; vintage maps of local, state, and international interest; natural history prints; oil lamps; cookware and kitchenware, pantry goods, and barware; fine linens and textiles; Canton and Chinese Export goods; bamboo; cut glass, pottery, bottles, tins, tools, ironstone, and woodenware; lamps and lighting fixtures; books; advertising signs and boxes; wire baskets, galvanized tubs, and laundry items; early Americana; paintings; children’s collectibles and vintage toys; nautical/marine antiques and fine art; Victorian folk art; and shell art.
Just steps from the Fair is Lee's Academy, home to the MHS administrative offices. Our exhibition hall on the Academy's lower level will soon begin its transformation into the Madison Center for History and Culture. Look for news of its opening in 2021.
What you need to know
Interested in participating in the largest outdoor antiques fair on the Shoreline?
The show offers 90 booth spaces to a select group of vetted dealers of fine antiques.
Booth spaces - 25' wide by 20' deep
$65 prior to July 1/$85 thereafter
Additional vendor information can be found in the contract terms below.
If you wish to be considered for participation in the Fair, please complete the contract application below and return it to:
Madison Historical Society
P.O. Box 17
Madison, CT 06443
Please include photographs of the merchandise you would offer for sale. A member of the antiques committee will contact you to discuss your participation.
Please call us at (203) 245-4567 or email us for any other information.
Important visitor information
Hours: 9 am to 4 pm, rain or shine
Date: The Fourth Saturday in August / Next Fair: 2021.
Admission Fee: $5 ($4 with a newspaper ad or coupon); Children twelve and under are free.
Sidewalk Cafe: Breakfast and lunch all day long
MHS Information Booth: books for sale; membership information
Pets on leashes are welcome; any damages to exhibitor displays/wares are the responsibility of the pet owner.
Location: Madison Green; parking is available around the green.
Directions: I-95 North or South to Exit 61. Travel south on CT State Route 79 (Durham Road) to US Route 1 (Boston Post Road). Take a right turn on US Route 1 and travel a short distance to the west, to the Madison Green, which is bounded by the Boston Post Road, Meetinghouse Lane, and Copse Road.
For a $1 discount off the price of an individual admission, please print the ad that appears on this page.
Ads will also be available in local newspapers, retail establishments, and at our offices.